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>> this is al jazeera america live from new york city. i'm tony harris with a look at today's top stories. a deal between the government and opposition to stop the violence in ukraine. but some worry the deal won't stick. and was it even a true compromise? one of the foreign minister who is helped to broker the deal caught saying if the opposition doesn't accept the plan they will all be dead. protest in venezuela are spreading as the opposition prepares for mass rallies, and after months of negotiation as new plan revealed to bring
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detroit back from bankruptcy. >> it is a new deal that may end three months of protest in ukraine that has left dozens of people dead but it does not look like it was agreed to. poland's foreign minister who helped broker the deal made dire comments to the opposition later. >> an unity government will be named in the next 10 days, and a new presidential election will be held by december. in turn the opposition agreed to hand over all illegal weapons
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and leave protest camps and occupied buildings. jennifer glass joins us from kiev. what is the mood on the square? it is one thing for the politicians to agree to this deal. i wonder if it will be accepted by the square? >> i got to tell you tony. people on the square feel angry. they feel they've been sold out. it's too little too late and they want viktor yanukovych to step down. they've been calling for that for months. even after the bloodshed, after seeing dozens of people die there have been funerals all day at the square, dramatic scenes as people are remembered here killed just before. and many believe the agreement is too little too late. the question is what will they do?
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how long can this peace stay? tonight the opposition are policing the streets in the immediate. that's part of the concession outside of the deal aimed to diffuse tensions here. tensions are still very high. >> you know, jennifer, you heard the comments from the polish foreign minister, as i did, i'm wondering was this deal entered in to in good faith? was it a good-faith compromise? or was this deal. forced upon the opposition? >> i think there was a lot of pressure on all sides. especially given the violence yesterday. i think that the opposition was told that, you know, things have escalated, and this deal, the bloodshed, i think there was an awful lot. i do think there are those in the opposition who don't think it's the best deal. it's not exactly the deal they wanted. they certainly wanted to see
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president viktor yanukovych step down. they just don't trust him. he has made promises before and he has reneged on promises before. >> all right, let's--we apologize. we've been taking hits in that shot for a while now. we thought we would try to squeeze more from jennifer glass in kiev. we're taking a look at this week's violence in ukraine. look at this aerial view as tires and molotov cocktails burn at independence square. 70 people were killed in thursday's fighting alone. kiev has been the focal point of the up rising, but 330 miles to the west protesters took control of their local government weeks ago weakening the grip of viktor yanukovych. >> reporter: overnight, a candle lit vigil held for those who
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died in kiev's independence square. many of the victims came from this city. they've been in the vanguard of the protest. it was an open resolve with feelings about him eloquently displayed on this poster. >> we can pray. this is what you can do. prayers can break stone and are the only weapon against the machine guns that they have. >> sorting out the problems of the city and officials now all report to him. he assumed full responsibility for the region and it's citizens. waiting to join the meeting we found ukraine's former education minister deeply worried about
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the di videosive strains now unleashed in the country. >> there is a real danger. we've heard there are those speaking of separating from the country. >> the city's police chief, he also just paid a call on the people's counsel, an council, ae wouldn't come. six police stations have been ransacked by protesters, but now the defense forces have been sent to clean them up and hand them back, but not everything is being restored. >> an old soviet police poster here are warning that walls have ears. beneath it all these safes have been broken open. 500 handguns have been stolen from police arres arsenals overe last few days. we found only contempt for the latest deal in kiev. >> i don't see the point of any
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truce. too much blood has been spilled. i want to see them all at court. they should get the death penalty. >> such radical sentiments may be isolated here but the danger of return to violence cannot be ruled out. >> here are some of the other aspects of the deal. ukrainian authorities and opposition and europe's human rights body will conduct an investigation into the violence. ukrainian lawmakers approved an amnesty for protesters involved and they have agreed not to inpose a state of emergency. what is your reaction to this agreement? >> it's a positive one. i think it's a good step to try to resolve this peacefully. i think it's good that they're trying to find different layers and different ways to compromise on the issues we face before.
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and they have surprisingly got the majority of the body of regions, which is the government party to support the vote in every time, every time they vote on something, the party o body f regence support it. >> many on the square are not happy with the deal. they wanted the president to step down immediately. do you understand that sentiment? >> yes, yes, i do, and i actually agreed with it, yet i think its important to stipulate in early elections that the president announce are not really defined at the moment. we don't know if they can be held, and if the election is held early enough i think many of the protesters would agree to it. >> what is your reaction to the polish foreign minister saying to an opposition leader that this was the best deal available, and if it wasn't accepted--i'm
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paraphrasing--there would be marshal law, and protesters would be dead? >> well, we don't know all the details of that conversation. i think it might be taken out of context, but i believe, yes, there is a very real danger that yanukovych, and what he has done yesterday is a good evidence that he ma may do something incredibly bad to those who oppose him, including trying, attacking and killing some of the opposition leaders. i think polish foreign minister, when estipulated that, he made the remark that we must try to find the solution right now, peacefully rather than continue this ruthlessly and causing more bloodshed. >> the question that arises out of that statement is was the opposition forced to take this agreement? >> well, yes, and the government was as well. we're all forced to take this agreement because at the point we stand we don't want the
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biggest way of bloodshed in my country to continue. that's why we're all forced to compromise. we're forced to find to stop this. something that may finally start resolving this situation in my country. >> a deal has to be lived up to on both sides. will demonstrators leave the square? >> not likely. as it stands it's an island of freedom. i believe as long as yanukovych has not been defeated at all or has resigned we must continue staying. >> what if the government sees that as a provocative act given that the agreement calls for the protesters to leave? >> well, actually the agreement doesn't say that too clearly, and the area itself is a territory, and the square which people can up a and people can stand that, and the freedom of assembly allow us to do that.
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>> are you say to go me that the nature of this agreement, the intent of this agreement is to have the square cleared? >> well, the intention of this agreement is to show that both sides are willing to finally forge some kind of compromise, and find solutions to the questions raised. the part about giving up the weapons and leaving the buildings comes also with realization that government form--the unity government must change the constitution and resign many of its powers. there are four allowing the opposition to do much more than they can do right now from the square. >> what is your reaction to the parliament agreeing that the former prime minister of ukraine should be released? >> a relative want. she's an opposition leader
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jailed on faulty charges, and i think the release is a good step and shows in my country the situation is truly shifting, and it's a possible release of the biggest opposition figure, which essentially can oppose yanukovych very strongly. and i believe we'll have the strength of the opposition. >> very good to talk to you again. a spokesperson from the activist movement. let's talk about russia's stake in all of this. he is a research fellow at harvard's school of government. it's good to talk to you. this deal that has been signed, was it signed with or russia's approval in your mind? >> s with signed with russia's knowledge but not explicit approval. the final lines say that the representatives o.
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he has not signed the deal. >> is russia in a position through its envoys through vladimir putin to veto this de deal. >> it iwill it be mildly annoyio
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the president this is essentially an e.u.-brokered agreement. yes, the russian envoy was on hand but it was a deal brokered by e.u. foreign ministers. >> i see some level of dissatisfaction that russia perhaps has not played a greater role, but i don't see this as a major setback that would make russia dig in its heels and oppose constructive efforts in future to further normalize the situation. >> moving forward, it calls for an early presidential election. do you expect president yanukovych to run, and if so will he have the backing of moscow? >> well, i don't have the crystal ball, but i think he will run. and i think russia is--has learned the lessons of the past and will not be explicitly
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supporting candidates. that said with the ex-prime minister, she's also a candidate who russia looks favorbly upon and someone who russia has done business with. and russia will not necessarily be effected in a negative way. >> simon, we appreciate it. rain and snow are making for a miserable friday across half of the eastern portion of the united states. a line of severe storms stretching from the gulf of mexico to th the great lakes dae or destroyed buildings and power lines. meanwhile the upper midwest is humbpummeled by another blizzar. dave is here with th more for u. >> meteorologist: you saw the warm up. you saw ahead of this line that
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moved through, but as the severe storms push out the cold air pushes in behind them. there were severe storms across florida and up towards north noh carolina, but they're pushing off the coast. and for the most part they're clearing out of the south ear here a few strong storms across north carolina and heading up towards philadelphia. you see how this bows out a little bit. this is an indication of very strong wind as these storms move through. this is still a tornado watch in this area. we've had a few warnings in effect but nothing confirmed today. damaging winds and hail and storms and they continue to push off the course of del mar, new jersey, um, through long island and new england. heavy rain as these storms move through. storm causing snow in the great lakes and all the way south across the coast. the head of this temperatures will really climb and it will be dropping as the front comes
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through. there are no storms in the forecast saturday and sunday when we talk about next week, but there is that cold air coming in behind and temperatures are going back down. >> get this storm system out. >> coming up on al jazeera america creating the largest wi-fi network but you'll have to share your home signal with strangers.
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>> one company is creating what it calls the world's largest free wi-fi network. i like that. but wait a minute, there's a cash. users have to share their home wi-fi often with strangers. hello? oroxana is here and she's covering this news. >> reporter: this is one of the newest entries of the growing idea of sharing economy. it's called fon and costs $49. it's small. it fits in the palm of your hand. it's very small. you hook it up to your router at
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home. what you do is you agree to share your wi-fi with any other fon user. in return you can travel the world and log on to any 12 million fon hot spots that you can find. it's not perfect. it is catching on in the u.s. and as you can imagine it's a threat to the way some people are doing business. >> 33-year-old michael jordan walk around brooklyn armed with a smart phone, ipad an. when he heard he could get free wi-fi for life for less than $50 he signed up. >> to not worry about my data plan or apps or functionality won't work because i don't have wi-fi. it's huge. >> this is how it works. michael connects the fon to his router at home and logs on. he's now sharing his wi-fi with any fon using within 300 feet. when he leaves home he can log in to fon hot spots anywhere in the world.
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>> i left my apartment to see how far i can get to his apartment. one door down from michael's apartment my signal is weaker. now two doors down from michael's apartment, and signal is weaker at 30%. halfway down the block my wi-fi signal is finally dead which is what you'll mostly get if you buy a fon now. in the u.s. fon has 5,000 wi-fi hot spots. but here in brooklyn the company is working with businesses to set up access points across the borough. >> right now in the whole bar i'm the only one hooked up to the fon network. i want to know how fast i can stream video. let's take a look. it's jumping a little bit, but the speed is pretty good. 20 people can log on at the same time here. fon adenitis they all stream their favorite netflix shows, it
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would slow the network. and not everyone is excited about the idea. businesses could loss but people are winning. >> i want people to try this because it is the future. >> we reached out to some of the wireleswireless providers. time warn said it was focusing on its own wireless network and verizon said it never heard of fon. and i talked to michael's neighbors who are his facebook friends. they were very excited about it and said it was cool. >> teenagers on facebook. that's encouraging for that company but i got a question for you. security. >> security is a big question. fon told us there are two signals. a private signal for the person who owns the router at home and
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use it is at home. that's supposed to be pretty safe. but for outsiders logging on to your fon, they're using a public signal. >> appreciate it. thank you. >> but on wall street no win this week for the dow. the blue chips faded late to finish lower 29 points almost 30 points. that left the dow with its first losing week of this month. the warning flag about home affordable, the national association of rea realtors saye rising costs are making it difficult for people to buy a home. i need you to work me through a couple of issues here. the cost of buying a home is obviously going up. talk to us with what is going on with home prices, interest rates and then inventory.
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>> sure, so inventory is getting tighter across the country at the same time interest rates, which were at bottom lows are creeping up again at the same time that home prices are creeping up. you have several fac factors tht are making it more difficult. there was bad weather in the last couple of weeks, which probably suppressed some sales. but at the same time it's not as much of a factor because in areas of the country where the weather was fine you were seeing a softening of home sales as well. >> right, so danie danielle, i'o hearing news of an influx into the housing market of these big institutional players who are buying up homes all over the place while there is still a vallevalue there. is there a threat of a pending housing bubble, another housing bubble?
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>> well, the trouble here is more so for the average pryer who is interested in those homes. institution alibiers can do all-cash deals and interest the seller. but in terms of seeing a similar housing bubble, i don't think there are factors at play yet that would reflect the same kinds of trends we saw prior to the recession. there is not a lot of easy money flowing into the system by way of lenders, loosening any standards, and lending money to folks who can't necessarily sustain their mortgages. in fact, we've seen the opposite. lenders will be conservative, and there were some mortgage rules that came down last month that is aiming to try to protect consumers in financial transaction and buying a home is
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a huge one. and while it's going to make it safer for the average buy for purchase the moment it could make it more challenging for some folks in the middle to purchase homes because what we're seeing right now is there are lenders like wells fargo who are saying we're going to continue to offer subprime loans. we'll continue to lend to lower income people because that is a portion of our business. on the other side they're saying we'll continue to make jumbo mortgages, the larger for more expensive homes in major cities because it's still a viable business for us. but for the folks in between on that bar bell effect it's tight right now. >> danielle, appreciate it. terrific analysis. business reporter at the "washington post." danielle, thank you. good weekend to you. >> thank you. >> the united auto workers
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rejected union representation by a narrow margin. the uaw wants the u.s. national relations to call a new election. plans for massive rallies in venezuela as protests over a tanking economy and high crime spread to areas outside of the capitol city. and how a new road map for detroit could help bail the city out of an $18 billion debt.
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>> very much's opposition is planning to hold mass rallies. this comes as public outrage as poor economy and high crime spread in venezuela. at least six people have been
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killed since anti-government protests escalated last week and neither side appears to be backing down. it's president has ordered 3,000 troops to the western state to put down unrest there. we're live now from the capitol of caracas. what is the mood like there in the capitol city? >> well for the first time in days we had a pretty peaceful night in caracas. there was the sound of banging pots and pans that has become the hallmark of the protest here. but the president said if people want to continue to bang pots and pans, then they should get pots and pans that will last 50 years because that's how long the revolution will last. leopold lopez calls for people to th the streets. potentially he has the power to get more people out in the
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streets than we've seen thus far. tomorrow will be a busy day here in caracas. medoro said he'll send out troops to take over the streets. this whole thing started where students started, and it spread across the entire country. we were there yesterday and had to leave because it's so unsafe and we couldn't move around the place. >> andy, i wonder how much momentum the protests have. as you know protests can take on a life of their own, the ebbs, the flows, how much steam is left in these protesters? >> it really depends on how you look at this. the protesters have been in middle class areas.
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they are middle class proteste protesters. and nicholas medoro won the vote of the population. and so far they haven't been taking to the streets. you "fsome have distanced themss from the protest, and if you can't get the core people on your side you won't make progress. but it has gone to the international community. >> all right, andy gallagher for us in caracas, venezuela. youkraine's opposition and government signed a deal. russia's mediator is refusing to sign it. and you can see from these live pictures from the square in kiev hundreds of people are still camped out in the capitol city where you can see the government
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will fulfill its promise for change. we have reports from kiev. >> in the square they listened intently to the details of the deal. they want to know have they been sold out or has the revolution triumphed? it was european foreign minister who is succeeded in getting the president and opposition leaders to put pen to paper. early elections, sweeping constitutional changes and perhaps the last chance to stop the bloodshed. >> it gives ukraine a chance to return to peace, to reform and hopefully resume its way. >> this deal can be seen the latest for diplomacy.
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some feel it's only a partial victory. >> it's not actual change. it's a small move towards the change, but it's not a solution yet. >> will you carry on coming to the square to protest? >> yes. >> but they did cheer when parliament voted to dismiss the interior minister, a sign perhaps those in power will have to answer for crimes they might have committed. >> we still have lots to do in order to bring peace and stability to this country and to bring account everyone, i emphasize every who were giving orders, killing people and torturing people. >> after the event of this week this movement has many martyrs, and the protesters believe the president has blood on his hands.
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that is an enormous obstacle to making this deal work. >> president obama welcomed the ukrainian agreement and is set to speak with russian president vladimir putin. later he said it was in russia's interest that the violence in ukraine end and it should not become an u.s.-russian tug-of-war. >> reporter: are ifrom what we understand, a read out of the terminology of washington speak about the pacific topics that were discussed about. for years, president obama, he had that north american summit a couple of days ago. two of his spokesmen over the past two days de-emphasized that this is not an east-west russian-u.s. conflict. and i asked one of the spokesmen
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why in the world hasn't the president picked up the phone and called vladimir putin. as the unrest we've seen take over in kiev. but it was announced that the president was going to have that conversation with vladimir putin. in the wake of this temporary agreement, jay carney is the spokesman and here's what he had to say about the situation. >> it's very important to view this not as a tug-of-war between east and west or the united states and russia, but a discussion that led to confrontation and violence and hopefully retreating from that but will result in progress forward on behalf of the ukrainian people. >> now clearly russia has a lot of stake in this conflict, tony. there is no question about it.
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there are historic reasons, economic reasons. there is a pipeline that runs from russia through ukraine to western europe. there are geopolitical reasons ever since the fall of the berlin wall since the ukraine's independence in 1991 the united states has spent a lot of time and money trying to help ukraine and pry it away further from the russian orbit. all this talk about spheres of influence and the cold war the americans are trying to de-emphasize this. saying this is about the ukrainian people with the right to protest and the right to governor themselves. >> appreciate it, mike viqueira at the white house for us. thank you. some great news for ukraine out of sochi. for the first time in 20 years ukraine has won olympic goldwyning the women's biathlon. seagei said girls devote their
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waynwin to ukraine. for the first time today the center for disease control used the term safe to describe the water in west virginia after that massive comment spill. they say there are no detectable toxins in the water so it is safe to drink, bath in and clean with, including pregnant women. in the middle east the people at the center of this bill ar. freedom works say th it's do grt to continue. the contaminated water for 300,000 people for days. unveiling the blueprint to restructure the city after bankruptcy. it was filed today by the emergency manager kevin orr. detroit is trying to cut it's
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$18 billion debt. it suggested cutting 34% from pensions and adjusting how they're handled going forward. it's proposing a $1.5 billion investment over ten years in city services. bondholders would get $0.20 on the dollar. the bond program accounts for $300 million of the total debt and the city is arguing it should not have to pay the full amount after filing bankruptcy. bisi onile-ere in detroit for us. what is this going to mean for the people of detroit? >> i can tell that you these proposed cuts are devastatingbly to thousands of retirees in detroit. if this goes through i talked to one retiree. he worked for the city for 29 years. right now he receives $800 a month from the city for his pension. if this goes through he'll see that drop to $500. this is something that he is not expected to deal with very
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lightly. we talked to earlier this afternoon. i want to you take a listen to what he has to say. >> i don't know how to express exactly how hurt and frustrated i am. i never thought in my life that i would be fighting for something i earned myself. it's not like i'm asking for anything. just give me what i earned. that's my thoughts. >> reporter: and it's general city retirees like smith who are hit especially hard because he could lose over 30% of his pension. now, just to put this into perspective negotiations between the city and credittiers is ongoing. this is not a done deal.
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i'm told this could be several months before they reach a final deal. >> can you put this deal and what's happening in detroit in its larger context for the rest of the country, and why what's happening in detroit really does matter for the rest of the nation? >> yes, most certainly, tony. this is the large largest municl bankruptcy in history. it gives us a road map of what detroit's future could look like, and really the reality is what happens here in detroit could have implications across the country who are dealing with financial struggles. >> bisi onile-ere for us in detroit. thank you. candidates are gearing up. libby casey has more on how both sides are taking aim.
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>> the affordable care act or obamacare has taken steady hits. >> call congressman peterson and tell him obamacare has not been working. >> it's a liability for the democrats. something that they've struggled with since it's passed about yes. >> obamacare is still the main challenge for democrats. >> is it the issue of the election for democrats? >> it's not the issue they would choose, certainly, but it's the issue that they're going to have to co contend with. half see it unfavorbly. only a third feel good about it, an 16% are on the fence. but ignoring obamacare is a bad strategy. they know since the election results since 2010 are proof. now democrats are trying to take
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control of the conversation. >> ann kirkpatrick listens. >> the political action committee is spending tens of millions to get more democrats elected to congress. >> the purpose for the ad ad iso underscore all the protections available to people as a result of the affordable care act, but also pointing out the problems of the roll out of the website which are uniformly recognized. >> so democrats have to defend obamacare while admitting to the shortcomings. they know that's their only option. >> they want to say look, we wanted to change the system the way it was. we didn't like everything that happened with obamacare. but we think its better to move forward and fix this thing than it is to repeal it. >> is it a complicated message? are they trying to have it both ways? >> it's a very tough message to deliver for a politician. it takes a wordsmith to make
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this case, and it takes voters who are really keyed in and listening. >> and iand a majority saying ty would rather improve the law than throw it out. the key is convincing americans to give democrats more time to improve it. the fight for control over congress may depend on just how patient voters are willing to be. libby casey, al jazeera america. >> in chicago a judge has ruled that same-sex couples can get married immediately and don't have to wait for a state law to take effect in june. bus it extend to the rest of illinois? state lawmakers approved same-sex marriage in 2013, and the law was slated to take effect on june 4, 2014. sips the ruling several couples have sued cook county for the right to marry illegally, immediately. no. california a group of
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methodist churches are pushing to have same-sex marriage sanctioned by the church. 30 california area churches say they intend to allow same-sex marriages in their buildings. and in arizona governor january brewer must now decide whether to sign a bill that allows business owners to refuse service to gay people on religious grounds. the arizona legislature passed the legislation last week. similar legislation is being debated, but so far this is the only one that has passed oh both the state house and the senate. beijing is known for its pollution, and that choking smog is now effecting citizens' health. for the first time the city has tested a new pollution alert. we have the details from beijing. >> reporter: children and the
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elderly are being told to remain indoors. those who do go out are advised to wear masks. with pollution levels classified as hazardous, breathing the air could be considered risky behavior, and the smog sits on the skyline in a stubborn haze. the air you breathe is a constant source of complaint for beijing residents and the news is not good. while the official alert level stays for three days the smog is predicted to last for up to a week. parents at one of the city's hospitals these are language shoes days worried about the effect of young, developing lungs. >> the air is really bad. it's very bad for my son. he's only 10 months, and he can't breathe normally. >> now in the peak season for winter smog it's also the
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busiest time for stores selling solutions like air filters and face mask. this store specializing in masks is selling out of some sizes and hundreds more on order. >> in the past it was just foreigners who are buying the masks bus now more and more chinese are realizing how bad the situation is. >> the new alert level tells how bad the pollution is, but it's so new the sign was not turned on yet, not that people need confirmation of the air they're breathing in. >> indonesia gives full protection to man a mantra rays. they learned that the fish is worth more alive than dead. >> they're one of the most gentle and graceful fish and popular attraction here in
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indonesia where thousands of tourists come every year just to wash mantra rays, and swimming with mantra rays is one of the most special experiences for every diver, and if you're lucky they'll come to the surface where you can see them simply from the boat. huge fish is still being caught and sent to china and taiwan for consumption. now indonesia finally committed to really protect the mantra rays. a ste huge step forward. it now all comes town to enforcement of this ambitious check that is hailed by conservationists. >> coming up the u.s. men's team take the ice in olympic hockey against rifl rival snapped couly pull off what the american women couldn't.
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>> archingologistarchingologisty have found pre-historic canal built by native americans. they believe it was a short cut for canoes. >> this society was much more
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advanced than ever been credited with, and of course this is part of the prejudice. >> there is a battle brewing over another ancient site. >> beneath these layers in downtown miami there are many layers of history. an army fort, plantation and hotel. archaeologists have unearthed several thousand post holes forming eight circles, part of what they say is the foundation of a native american town dating back 2,000 years. the tribe is now south florida's extinct indigenous people.
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>> there aren't anybody here to speak for them. >> reporter: archeologists made the discovery while overseeing a construction of a $1 billion residential and commercial complex. the city of miami requires their presence for certain projects and other sites have been documented in the vicinity. >> we would like to see balance between reservation development as much of the site preserved and interpreted as feesful. >> the developer mdm group has offered to preserve and build a museum on a corner with 450 post holes forming one circle but the group wants to continue to build on the remainder of the site. their attorney said considering what they believe archeologists didiscovered. >> a lot of it is just fiction. >> this is not the first battle between developers and preservationists in miami. in 1998 as developers were
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building these highrises they found this, the foundation of a ceremonial structure. it's been preserved and now called the miami circle. but many preservationists criticize the way the site has been displayed. the developer should use this as an opportunity not to repeat the mistake of the miami circle. >> i hope that we don't have that sort of same disappointment or failure to preserve the site like we have with the miami circle. >> reporter: the missile historical preservation board is planning to designate the ancient plot as an archeological site. next month the city commission is expected to determine how best to balance the interest of preservation and urban growth. natasha, al jazeera miami. >> the action is heating up. the focus is on the ice today. john henry smith has more on today's big hockey match up. >> well, they are straight up owning the united states when it
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comes to one of our favorite sports. if you're an american hockey fan and you're suddenly feeling down, blame canada. against women they snatched whas gold from team usa. canada defeated team usa 1-0. and now allow three golds and they will play sweden for the gold and team usa will play finland for the bronze. michaela shyrin has broken the streak becoming the youngest gold winner in women's alcohol almost in history and the youngest ever in any olympic alpine event. here is your medal count so far.
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the united states may lead the way with 27 medals. russia right behind with 26, although hockey was the one they really wanted to medal in as we know. canada, they've got a chance at that hockey gold. they're number three at 24. and norway and the netherlands are tied at fourth place with 22 medals a piece. it looked like we were going to get out of the olympics without scandal but we now have two scandals. one exploded thursday night when an athlete from south korea seconde finished second tn athlete who had the biggest stumble of her routine. and among the judges was the wife of the russian olympic fed ways and they may have biased
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the judging. and then there is the doping scandal, the german olympic committee said the athletes has done the same. both countries have removed their sullied athletes from these games. also a an athlete that had yet to compete with sochi however, she had not medaled in five events this year. and said she had never knowingly ever taken a performance-enhancing drugs. >> ed hit linedrugs. >> the headlines coming up next. this is al jazeera america.
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battles in the streets. the venezuela government has revoked the retentions for cnn journalists and threatened to expel the journalists if they did no--workers rejected uaw representation by a narrow margin and the union is claiming interference of the vote and the uaw wants to a new election. president obama met with the dalai lama, and he warned that there could be damage to the at the betibet relations.
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once again for more on these stories go to www.aljazeera.com. that is www.aljazeera.com. next is "inside story." >> after days of confrontation and death in kiev's independent square the ukrainian government and opposition have a deal. a deal that promises to end the violence and begin political reform. that's the "inside story." >> hello, i'm ray suarez. maybe the terrible days that
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